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Old 05 April 2016, 11:47   #1
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Help and Advice regarding Digi View Gold by NewTek


Dear All, I am hoping you may be able to offer some help and advice.
Currently I am researching a Photographic Project to begin late Spring, related to the themes of Identity, Groups/Tribes, Personal and Corporate Branding.
My main topic of research has been located around the 1986 - Fashion, Symbolism and Technology, leading me to this forum.

I am incredibly interested in using Technology connected to the 1980's and have found an early Video/Photo system called - Digi View Gold by NewTek for the Amiga.

Would anyone be able to find or help me find a working version of this?? Or if it may be possible to emulate this system??

It would fit my project perfectly in terms of research and aesthetic and I was hoping you may be able to offer a bit more background about it and if it is at all still usable??
Please if you could let me know if you have any ideas about this I would be extremely grateful.

Many Thanks in advance for your time and any further info, help or advice you may have.

Kind Regards,
Old 05 April 2016, 17:10   #2
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I don't think you're going to be able to emulate it, but it's perfectly usable still.
You will just need real hardware...
I had one back in the day..

I really appreciated the way they got around the requirement for really expensive video equipment needed to capture color hires images by using a 3 pass approach.

I didn't go with the color displays myself as I was looking for video capture (from VCRs mostly) and bought an additional electronic color splitter.

For me, the process was:
1: Get as good a freeze frame as I can. :-)
Then it's the same basic process.
2: Set the electronic color splitter to the first setting (same as positioning your color wheel if you're using a b/w camera and the included color wheel).
3: Scan an image.
4: Change the color splitter (or color wheel) to the next setting and scan again.
5: Repeat step 4 once more.
6: Profit!
(Ok, the profit part wasn't true for me as it was just for fun, but still.. ;-)

I really enjoyed the Digiview Gold.

Also, if you haven't yet seen the Digiview demos (they are mostly on Youtube I think), you should check them out. Epic! (At least at the time.)

(Is there a youtube version of NewTek DemoReel 3 that includes "The Face" part working? I remember just being astonished by that... But I don't think it worked (now?) in emulators..)

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Old 05 April 2016, 18:14   #3
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I had one, but sold it few year ago.
I used it with a electronic color spliter. The results were OK, not spectacular. In 80s it would have been fun and useful, now, not so much.
I think for BEST results you should get high quality BW camera, and when you purchase the sw make sure you get the color wheel, and a tripod for the camera.
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Old 07 April 2016, 03:09   #5
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When used with a color wheel and monochrome composite camera, as the original use case was intended to be, it nicely sidesteps the low-resolution chroma of a color composite signal.
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